Non-Binary and Transgender Characters Join ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

Image: © CBS All Access/Left: Phil Sharp, Right: Jake Akita

To boldly go where no “Star Trek” TV series or movie has gone before.

On Wednesday, CBS announced the third season of “Star Trek: Discovery” will feature for the first time in Star Trek’s long, storied history transgender and non-binary characters.

“‘Star Trek’ has always made a mission of giving visibility to underrepresented communities because it believes in showing people that a future without division on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation is entirely within our reach,” said co-showrunner and executive producer Michelle Paradise.

Non-binary actor  Blu del Barrio, who uses the pronouns they and them, will play Adira. They are described in a press release as “highly intelligent” and someone who forms “an unexpected bond with Lt. Commander Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp) and Dr. Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz).”

Gray, will be played by 19 year old actor Ian Alexander who also appeared on Netflix’s “The OA”. Gray is described as “empathetic, warm and eager to fulfill his lifelong dream of being a Trill host, but he will have to adapt when his life takes an unexpected turn.” 

The new season of “Star Trek: Discovery” will premier on CBS All Access, the networks streaming service, on October 15.

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